Pulis oversaw his 1,000 game in charge for yesterday's 1-1 draw at Stoke City.
“I watched him at the back of a bus injecting insulin into his thigh because he's diabetic. He had to do that on the way back from games.
“One day, I was injured. He was 16 or 17 years old and I saw him with a load of balls out on the training pitch - it was Christmas morning.
“He's a really great lad. If anybody epitomises what I think footballers should be like in respect of what people should be like given the opportunity then Gary is right up there."